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Biodiversity Recovery Project

In partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, we’re delighted to announce the first stage of our Biodiversity Recovery Project.

In the aftermath of summer’s horrific bushfires, we explored different ways to contribute to the recovery process. So began a series of conversations with Tim Entwisle and the team at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV) about the vital importance of preserving plant biodiversity – particularly in regions where plant species are critically endangered. While the immeasurable damage to people and wildlife has been front of focus since the bushfires, the devastating impact on plant life has received far less attention.      

In coming months, the Biodiversity Recovery Project will see RBGV staff undertake field trips to key Victorian regions. Here they’ll collect seeds and plant propagation material from critically endangered and threatened species.

JWA has donated $30,000 to RBGV to cover the cost of three collecting trips. Undertaken by qualified RBGV staff, the funds will cover field collection equipment, the ongoing propagation and viability testing of seeds at the Victorian Conservation Seedbank and the recollection of propagated seeds to ensure long-term viability. RBGV’s scientists believe three trips alone will safeguard the future of over 45 critically endangered Victorian plants. 

The donation marks the first step in our much broader commitment to RBGV’s bushfire recovery initiatives. The second step is to invite you to contribute to costs for the next series of field trips. RBGV is hoping to undertake three additional trips in coming months – please help us fund them! 

The third step will involve a JWA Bushfire Rescue Auction, for which a range of design items created by our practice will be available to the highest bidder. If you’ve always wanted a weekend away at our Robin Boyd Award-winning Shearers Quarters on Bruny Island, here’s your chance. Other auction items will include a series of JWA Bed Trays, tickets to Somewhere Other, soon to open at Adelaide//International Festival and an exciting collection of books and ceramic works.

 


By supporting the Biodiversity Recovery Project, you’ll help RBGV ramp up its Plant Insurance Policy for Victoria by increasing the capacity of its labs and nurseries - the plant hospital if you will – to restore devastated plants.  It will enable RBGV to equip its mobile plant rescue vehicles with the best equipment for collecting seeds and build special bushfire recovery areas of its nurseries to propagate plants as quickly as possible for restoration of impacted areas when they are ready. - Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

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